I want to discuss a pet peeve of mine- Copyright infringement.
At least once a week or more, I get an email from a wonderful blog reader who asks if I gave permission for one of my cartoons to appear in their Guild Newsletter, Quilt Store Newsletter, or other publication. Usually, the answer is no, I haven’t given my permission.
This means I now have to take time away from creative pursuits to write a letter, asking them to not publish my cartoon without my permission. I also have to now pull down all my cartoons from my blog, and replace them with heavy watermarks on each cartoon on illustration:
In most cases, Guilds or Stores do not realize that because a cartoon is posted on my blog, it does not make it OK to borrow. Many do not understand that my cartoon is unique to me, and it is my intellectual property.
So I want to let my regular blog readers know why all my cartoons will have large watermarks on them.
I would appreciate hearing your comments on this subject. Regards, Carla